Education Under Sail Forum: Sustaining Your Marine Ed Program

Education Under Sail Forum: Sustaining Your Marine Education Program

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut
Joleen Deatherage, Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Captain Aaron Singh,  New York Harbor School

You have great programs and great teachers…now to keep afloat. This panel session will provide specific program ideas, techniques, and resources available for organizational sustainability. Planned topics include: using small boats in a big boat program, partnerships for STEM funding, and marketing strategies specific to education programs.


New York Harbor School

UConn & Mystic Seaport

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards
Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards is an Associate Professor of English and Maritime Studies Faculty at the University of Connecticut. She taught for Long IslandUniversity’s SEAmester Program, NortheasternUniversity’s SeaQuarter Program, S.E.A., and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program before earning tenure at UConn. She holds a USCG 100-ton Near-Coastal Auxiliary Sail license and has 58,000 miles at sea, all under sail. Her scholarship centers on the maritime works of Herman Melville.

Joleen Deatherage

Joleen Deatherage
Joleen Deatherage

A third-generation Angeleno, Joleen’s roots can be traced back to music and film as a producer, writer, and publicist.  For nearly a decade, she honed her marketing and media relations talents at various entertainment companies before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.  She spent the next seven years working as a communications and digital media consultant for numerous environmental and arts-related organizations throughout Southern California before moving to an in-house role with The Children’s Nature Institute as director of development and special events, co-producing the annual Kids Rock Music & Eco Fest.  Other successes include a three-city film festival (Los Angeles, New York & Miami), the “Green Cities” national event series, a transit performing arts event on L.A.’s Metro Rail, and multi-cultural events for L.A.’s port town of San Pedro.  She is currently the Director of Marketing and Development for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.  Joleen is known for transforming nonprofit organizations “on a shoestring” and brings fresh insights on creating a sustainable organization.  She is a published author and photographer whose work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Harcourt Textbooks, and The Philanthropy Journal, amongst others.  If she’s not sailing on L.A.’s Official Tall Ships, you will find her hiking, cooking, photographing the outdoors or crafting a story.

Captain Aaron Singh

Captain Aaron Singh
Captain Aaron Singh

Captain Aaron Singh has been sailing for the last 22 years in NY Harbor, Long Island Sound, and up and down the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean. As a New York City kid his love for the water began aboard a Sea Scout ship sailing out of City Island, the Bronx. A public high school internship at South Street Seaport Museum introduced him to the marine industry and subsequently led him to command a wide array of vessels from 600 passenger catamaran ferries to wooden tug boats to 125ft Gloucester fishing schooner. Captain Singh has been involved with the New York Harbor School since 2003 as teaching captain through the South Street Seaport Museum. He has joined the since become a NYC public school teacher and has joined the NY Harbor school on Governors Island. He has worked to create a three-year United States Coast Guard Approved training program and New York State Career and Technical Education Program for Vessel Operations. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the school’s Waterfront Director overseeing marine operations on Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In the Fall of 2013 Captain Singh became the volunteer Master of the Schooner Lettie G. Howard and is working diligently with the NY Harbor Foundation to raise funds to operate Lettie for the 2014 sailing season.


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